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L'Espalier

#108 of 2,383 Restaurants in Boston
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Neighbourhood:
Back Bay
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774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199-7826 (Fairfield St.)
+1 617-262-3023
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:30
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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205 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a disappointing experience here. We love good food and are fine paying for it. Consider that here, the tasting menu for 2, with wine and including tip is $1,000; It needs to be really special. The food was inventive and delicious. But it was a bit too much about quirky presentation and not enough about the food or... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

A bit late of a review, but our dinner at l'Espalier this last NYE was wonderful. The tasting menu was exquisite, and the service was perfect. The waitstaff (so many) were so attentive to my mom's needs, and nothing on the table escaped notice - everything was anticipated, replaced, refreshed and remained perfect. Even with the attention, we had an... More 

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Thank jfzwarick
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Went for a romantic dinner. So disappointed. Service was adequate but food was uninspired. Bland and unoriginal. Plus charge $20 for parking and lost car for 20 minutes. Go elsewhere, your experience will be better.

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Thank ewerner0522
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

L'Espalier is an essential place to visit for any connoisseur of haute cuisine in Boston. The ambiance is very pleasant--low light, low noise, plenty of space per table, beautiful artwork. The chef is very creative so I would recommend going for the full 12-course tasting menu. As typical with haute cuisine, how the food tastes is only part of the... More 

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Thank Emil I
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We came here for my wife's birthday and sat at the Chef's Table, right in the kitchen. The only menu for this was the Chef's Tasting Journey menu, a 13-course extravaganza. We were warmly welcomed and shown into the kitchen where we were greeted by the team, who were preparing. We had a dedicated captain to see to our needs,... More 

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Thank Elliott B
New Hope, Pennsylvania
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211 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

...magic. The prix fixe dinner served was beyond excellent. One of our party has a shellfish allergy, and another needed gluten-free. They were both accommodated with no problem. The seven course meal ranged from delicious appetizers through salad, fish, meat...the gamut. Servings are small, but enough to experience the delicate balance of flavor and texture in each serving.

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Thank Michael A
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

First of all, you should know that L'Espalier is really expensive. A recent evening there with my husband and me ran us $500 including the 8-course tasting menu and cocktails (no wine). However, the place is really really well done--the atmosphere, the service, the drinks, and of course the food. In short, it's worth the splurge. The restaurant used to... More 

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Provo, Utah
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237 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I’ve been struggling with how to review this dining room. On the one hand, service was close to flawless. Food is good, but not exceptional, given the price tag. I had the 8-course chef’s tasting menu. Nicely done, but not really memorable. Plates are well presented, but tastes are unimaginative. Dining room is also nice, but not ownable. While I... More 

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Thank Jack H
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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262 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Be prepared, Boy Scout: The place is expensive. I know. I've been there about a dozen times, almost always during our Thanksgiving Haj to native earth. I could also say that, while expensive, L'Espalier overdelivers for the price. The venue is sublime; great art, including that on the wine-bottle labels. The service is impeccable; elegant, but with a down-to-earth tinge... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The menu is complex, poorly explained by a young man who is always anticipating what you don't want and never what you want. Food marginal at best. Service slow. Very slow. Great cheese plate. Seems like its list it's glow. Never again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$100
Cuisine
French, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199-7826
    (Fairfield St.)
  • Public Transportation: Copley Square T
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-262-3023

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Back Bay

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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